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Mar 1, 2011 6:00pm PST
ordnance comes from various countries from russia, america, china, and a large number of mortar bombs made in britain. the british stuff, like the rest, is all very old. but if a bomb landed on it, there will be a major disaster. land mines would be planted here, but nobody knew where. everyone we spoke to was hoping for a no-fly zone by the western powers. >> wheat persuade you to let the people of europe and america listen to our requests. >> for now, there is no protection against the air force. just a few nervous volunteers. gos>> one with the libyans have been venting their feelings is through art. our correspondent has been home to a makeshift gallery to see some of the pictures on display. we are unable to bring you that at the moment, but we will give you the package a little bit later. the situation has been unfolding in terms of the international reaction. much has been said about whether the international community w z. >> of the threat of an attack from the above could be stopped if our air force jets were patrolling the libya opposed the skies. -- libya's skies. hillary c
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Mar 10, 2011 6:00pm PST
we are not afraid. america, nato, france. it is our country. we live here, we die here. we will never, ever surrender to those terrorists. >> later in tripoli, colonel gaddafi's most prominent son addressed the quarters he called the real libyans. they were supposed to be libya's future, until the rebellion. as far as these people are concerned, that vision has been restored. the son will succeed the father. the rebels will be beaten. it feels like a victory rally. and he had a shot message for the rebels. we're coming. jeremy bowen, "bbc news," tripoli. >> nato has insisted that for a no-fly zone to be set up over libya, there would have to be strong regional support. on the diplomatic front, there has been a rather gloomy assessment in washington of the rebels' chance. the united kingdom of france has ramped up -- saying the libyan union has lost any legitimacy. >> this is not the easy revolution the world's leaders has had hoped for. colonel gaddafi's hold on power may be shaky, but he could still win. at nato headquarters today, they were not banging the war drums, but they did de
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Mar 10, 2011 12:30am PST
offices to the u.s. congress, there are those who worry with the world might witness if america does not give a lead. >> to allow him to slaughter from the air against the popular movement of his people without recourse is a serious question for all of us. >> if we stand by and let it happen, that will be a black mark on our record for a long time. >> but obama is given pause by the military reality. says thatary stopping all military flights would be a conflict. the government stronghold of tripoli will have to be taken out, risking civilian casualties. enforcing a no-fly zone would need hundreds of fighter jets supported by other larger aircraft with radar and refueling, worships for radar coverage, and helicopters for search and rescue. in iraq, when such a cap -- one operation would cost $100 million per year. >> to impose an offical no-fly zone would take the matter of days. but if the political aim is to support the rebellion, what if the rebellion last two years? are we willing to make the commitment for that amount of time? >> military actions needs to have clarity. >> many i
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Mar 8, 2011 12:30am PST
have fled the violence in libya. welcome to "bbc world news," broadcast on pbs in america and around the globe. washington reintroduce this military trials at guantanamo bay despite anç earlier promise to close it down. the party is over for the highest-paid actor on american television. charlie sheen is sacked from his, a program. ç>> the six gulf states includg saudi arabia have called on the un security council to implement a no-fly zone over libya. the un needed to protect libyan citizens. earlier president obama said the u.s. and allies are stillç considering a military response to the situation in libya where he said people are facing unacceptable violence. >> i want to send a clear message to those around colonel gaddafi. it is their choice to make how they operate moving forward. theyç will be held accountable for whenever violence continues to take place there. in the meantime we have made no consulting in brussels are around a wide range of potential options, including potential military options. >> president obama's comments come asç the second day of a concerted
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Mar 17, 2011 6:30pm PDT
asia, and i like korea in particular. i would emphasize latin america where i like brazil in particular. >> susie: all right that was the question i was going to ask you. you jump add head of me i was talking to a money manager today who was saying that he is less worried about japan and more worried about what's going on in the middle east in libya and bahrain and with oil prices. does that concern you? do you agree with what he is saying? >> oh, of course. if oil were to suddenly become unavailable and prices were to spike, say back to where they were three years agoing when they hit roughly 150 dollars a barrel f that were to happen overnight t would strike a pretty tough blow if he world economy and world market. but if all we have is more of the same and i do think that's what's more likely, just more of the same anxieties, but nothing dramatically changes, then i think we'll cope with it. as long as we have time to adjust to gradually higher oil prices rather than to have to deal with suddenly sharply higher prices overnight. >> susie: now, stu, some people are still wo
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Mar 4, 2011 6:30pm PST
to work. i know that's not america. but the fact of the matter is, these core prices are much more important overall, and the food and energy prices have some permanent elements to them but they also are some temporary elements. i think we're going to see the worst of the pressure go away. i don't think it's going to mount and i don't think inflation will be an issue. but there will be wage erosion, at least through the third quarter of this year. >> susie: where do you see the unemployment rate by the end of this year? it's 8. the 9% now. bob, you first. >> well i think we could see it almost down to 8%. i think these jobs are going to begin to ramp up. i think we're going to see a lot of progress and i don't think labor force participation rates are going to rise very sharply in the early part of the. >> susie: mark, what's your prediction? >> well, i think it's going to be slow going on the unemployment rate for the remainder of year. even if we get a lot more jobs because there are a lot of folks out there that will come back into the workforce. but by the end of 2012, i think
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Mar 28, 2011 6:30pm PDT
america. that hurt other hotel operators. hyatt, starwood and wyndham each dropped by about 5% or more. meantime, radioshack saw some buying today. it has been a tough 12 months for r-s-h. shares had been as high as $24 and below $14 earlier this month. they jumped 5% today. big volume. tomorrow radioshack said it will start selling apple's ipad 2. it will be the largest retailer yet to sell the tablet. while we hear from the president tonight about libya, oil services giant schlumberger today said the mid-east turmoil has had significant revenue disruptions, but the japanese earthquake business impact has been minimal. still, it cut its first-quarter earnings outlook by up to a dime per share. that didn't hurt the stock though. in fact, shares were up 4%, back above $90 for the first time in three weeks. saudi arabia has called on big oil service companies to help boost its production capacity. that may have led to some buying. finally, one to watch tomorrow may be shirt maker phillips van- heusen. shares were as much as 2.5% above this closing price after the bell tonight. it reporte
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Mar 31, 2011 12:30am PDT
>> this is "bbc world news america." funding for this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. newman's own foundation. the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation. and union bank. >> union bank has put its financial strength to work for a wide range of companies, from small businesses to major corporations. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news." >> libya's foreign minister flees to britain amid reports that he is severing his links with the good of the regime. rebels in libya are retreating in the face of an advance by government forces. >> they have managed to go a short distance up the road. we have had rounds landing very close to the car. >> the white house refuses to comment on reports that president obama has approved covert support for the libyan rebels. there are sanctions onfor refusing to step down. india's cricket fans celebrate as their team beats pakistan, of their biggest sporting rifle, to reach the finals of the cricket world cup. -- their biggest sporting rival, to reach the finals of t
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Mar 9, 2011 6:30pm PST
selling treasuries now. >> we haven't lost faith in the u.s. government. america is still strong and the economy is growing, and we have perhaps 30 or 40 billion dollars worth of u.s. treasury bills. but those are shorter maturity obligations. so the argument really that we have is really a one of valuation. we simply think that longer dated treasury yields, and to cite a few examples, two-year at 70 basis, and five-year treasuries at 2% plus or minus simply are not reflective of where they should be or eventually going. if yields in longer dated segments then prices move lower. so it's not a negative thing in terms of the u.s., it's simply a overevaluation in terms of price. >> susie: so what would make you a buyer again? where would you have to see the yields on these various bonds? >> well, historicly, susie, let's take a 10-year treasury, today they had an auction, a yield of around 3.5%. historicly when the u.s. economy is growing in nominal terms, that means real growth plus inflation, close to 5%, which is what it's doing now, the 10-year treasury has yielded about 5%. now it
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Mar 5, 2011 12:30am PST
more exports from countries like america or europe. that could actually -- domestic demand in china could drive global growth around the world. that is not going to happen in the short term. >> thank you very much. this is bbc news. christian dior's a fashion show opens in paris without its controversial designer. and nasa rocket mission had ended in failure twice. it did take off from california, but it did not make it into space. it crashed back to earth. >> ignition of the taurus rockets. >> a perfect start for nasa's latest mission. >> and of climates may affect our lives. >> does minutes into the lodge, there is a problem. >> the flight was going well until the time of separation. >> it fails to separate and the taurus rockets falls back to earth, crashing into the pacific ocean. the flight staff does not know why the 250 million pound mission failed. >> we are all pretty devastated. we will recover. the team will bounce back. they are all profs. -- they are all professionals. >> liftoff. >> two years who earlier, the same thing happened. minutes into its launch, its multimilli
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Mar 15, 2011 6:30pm PDT
. >> america is home to some of the most productive and successful businesses in the world. recent government data shows that u.s. productivity is at the highest level in many years. but one place where productivity is lagging is in the hallowed halls of our great colleges and universities. now, productivity may not be a word you automatically associate with higher education. and yet, productivity is consistent with the loftier goals of academia. higher education productivity is about making the system more efficient, more innovative, and more cost-effective. we need a more productive higher education system because the u.s. needs a lot more college- qualified people to power our economy. and research shows that the public wants this. some states are working hard to increase productivity by paying for results, embracing new course and program delivery models, and making campus operations much more efficient. but the work must continue, because one thing we know for sure is that if companies, or colleges, don't meet the challenge, competitors will find openings and take advantage of them. and
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Mar 21, 2011 6:30pm PDT
maya macguineas, director of the fiscal policy program at the new america foundation. >> there are two competing narratives on the health of social security. narrative one? the program faces insolvency, but down the road. the trust funds will be able to cover the costs for about 25 more years but then, all of a sudden, benefits will have to be cut abruptly for everyone-- including the poorest retirees. narrative two? social security has now started running cash flow deficits. covering these costs will cost taxpayers trillions of dollars and add unmanageable strains on the budget. guess what? both are true. politicians are busily fighting over which is the correct description of the problem. the irony is that whichever narrative one prefers, the policy prescription is the same: we need some combination of benefit cuts and tax increases, and the sooner we make them, the more fairly the changes can be spread. here's the bottom line: the nation's largest government program faces insolvency. changes have to be made. rather than fighting over which is the right narrative, politicians sho
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Mar 11, 2011 12:30am PST
. welcome to bbc news broadcast to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. coming up a little later for you, we have a special report following afghanistan's new army recruits and how they are preparing to face the taliban. and the most expensive musical in broadway history has had its opening postponed for a sixth time. welcome once again. pro government forces in libya have tend up their onslaught against the rebels who are leaving after a sustained bombardment. reports from the west say many parts of the town have been destroyed in the recent fighting of recent days with the initiative appearing to swing toward the government, colonel gaddafi's son has ordered a full-scale reaction to quash the rebellion. here is a report from tripoli. >> the rebels and the news teams following them are easy targets on an open road in the desert. this is near an oil town and they were falling back. the rebels have gone up and down this road, but the gaddafi forces have more firepower. >> gaddafi fights with airplanes, you know, big ones and we don't have anything. >> colonel gaddafi'
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Mar 30, 2011 6:00pm PDT
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Mar 1, 2011 3:15am PST
america, he could get five years for that. passengers with small children can board. but we don't have any small children! everybody's looking at us, mummy. yes, i know, darling.
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Mar 18, 2011 12:00am PDT
little by little that by 1900 black people in america had no writes, they couldn't vote, we had complete segregation which was against the amendments. now, if this is not a political action, i don't know what is. tavis: but how do you explain to folk, certainly young folk who are taught every day in civics class, in history class, that the supreme court is an apolitical body? >> it's very difficult because everywhere you read, the two political branches of government, the executive and the legislative, as if the court is somehow different. but i would say, look at key decisions, how many times does a justice render a decision that goes against his ideology? bush versus gore, five conservative justices vote for bush, four liberal justices vote for gore and i don't distinguish between conservative and liberal justices. i think that people bring their own particular point of view to the law and it isn't necessarily that they're cynical. this is how they see things. but politics in a democracy is people seeing things in different ways, getting together, and coming to some consensus.
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Mar 28, 2011 6:00pm PDT
. they will now seek control of major operations to nato. >> i said america's role would be limited and we would not put ground troops into libya. we would focus our unique capabilities on the front end of the operation and transfer responsibility to our allies and partners. tonight, we are fulfilling that pledge. >> allied strikes on libya continue. the rebels he -- meet heavy resistance but pledged to continue their advance westward. >> i will hold gaddafi and kill him. >> fist fighting in the western city upper -- of misrata. we are broadcasting to our viewers in p.b.s. in america, and around the world. japan's prime minister declares a state of maximum alert over the crisis at the fukushima nuclear plant. president obama has made his first formal speech on the military campaign in libya. the address in washington came amid some criticism in the united states that the president has yet to explain what the goals of military action are and how long the military action will last. he responded by saying that a failure to act would have carried a far greater price for both american an
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Mar 9, 2011 6:00pm PST
nuelings. broadcast to pbs in america and also around the globe. coming up for you, violence escalates in ivory coast as militias loyal to the two presidential rivals hunt down their opponents. and an historic touchdown for discovery. the oldest of america's space shuttles. and its remarkable 27-year career. bbc team in libya have been jailed and subjected to beatings and mock executions. the events took place when they were detained early they are week but only now that they have left the country are we reporting their story. while they were in prison they witnessed first hand the horrifying levels of violence meted out by colonel gaddafi's security forces and other prisoners. the bbc team were teasted at a rest point six miles south of zawiya where some of the feesest fighting is taking place. after their release they spoke to our middle east editor jeremy bowen in tripoli. >> 30 miles and many checkpoints separate zawiya from tripoli. the town has been sealed off. tonight, the gaddafi forces seemed close to victory there. but we can't firm that because the libyans won't let foreign new
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Mar 8, 2011 6:30pm PST
. newswheel." bank of america sparked confidence on wall street-- the dow rose 124 points, the nasdaq added 20, and the s&p 500 was up 11. trading volume fell back below a billion shares on the nyse, and came in under two billion shares on the nasdaq. bank of america says no to new acquisitions. instead, the bank wants to focus on returning value to shareholders. at its first investor day conference since the financial crisis, c.e.o. brian moynihan said he'll do that through cost cuts, dividends and share buybacks. no word yet on an emergency meeting by opec. oil ministers are holding informal talks, but they haven't decided yet to call an emergency meeting addressing rising oil prices and escalating violence in member country libya. still ahead-- with more americans cooking at home, housewares are hot. we get the latest from the annual home and housewares show in chicago. >> susie: as we just reported, stocks surged higher today. it may be hard to believe the dow is now sitting comfortably above 12,000. there is some debate on wall street about whether the bull run will continue, but most
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Mar 29, 2011 6:00pm PDT
just up ahead. >> welcome to "bbc news" broadcast to our viewers in pbs in america and also around the world. coming up for you, with just a month to go for the royal wedding here, we have a list of the do's and don't's ahead of the big day. >> welcome. as fierce fighting continues in libya, president obama has said he has not ruled out supplying u.s. weapons to opposition figures in the country. he also says he believes colonel gaddafi was losing control of his country would ultimately step down. speaking in a series of interviews on american news networks, president obama called on the leadership around colonel gaddafi to make it clear that he had to go. >> the circle around gaddafi understands that the noose is tightening, that their days are probably numbered. and they're going to have to think through what their next steps are. but as i have been very clear about throughout, there's certain things they can do that will send the signal that he's ready to go. until that time, we're going to keep on applying pressure and hopefully he's going to be getting the message soon. >> if
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Mar 1, 2011 12:00am PST
believe your documentary, all of this was avoidable? >> well, it is horrible, of course. america went through 40 years without any financial crisis when regulation was much tighter, and banking was not quite so exciting. you know, banking has got an exciting in a very dangerous way, and we have to return to a much more regulated financial sector. i hope that the american people will become upset enough and angry enough and informed enough and activist enough to do something about this. tavis: you mentioned president bush in your indictment of what went wrong. this is not a republican problem. there is blame for the clinton administration, blamed for the obama administration. talk about the bipartisan nature of this crisis. >> it is a fairly bipartisan problem at this point. many of us, including myself, were deeply disappointed with president obama's behavior. he said things during his campaign that led us to believe he would take action about this, and when people voted for him and contributed to his campaign, i think many thought these issues would be addressed, and it has been a hu
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Mar 29, 2011 12:30am PDT
>> this is "bbc world news america." funding for this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. newman's own foundation. the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation. and union bank. >> union bank has put its financial strength to work for a wide range of companies, from small businesses to major corporations. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news america." >> president obama says the u.s. has a moral obligation to intervene in libya. he will now have control. >> america's role will be limited. we will not put ground troops into libya, but we will focus our unique capabilities on the front and at transfer responsibility to our allies and partners. tonight, we are fulfilling that pledge. >> the rebels meet heavy resistance but about a continue the walk westward. there is fighting in the western city hall as pro gaddafi forces and get back partial control. thank you for joining us, coming up, a state of maximum alert over the crisis at the fukushima nuclear plant. ♪ using western military force to evict col
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Mar 16, 2011 12:00am PDT
being exposed to those young folk? we'll come back to america in a second but when you move around the world seeing you talking to kids, playing in venezuela. what do you get out of that? >> first, it helps you understand the cycle of life. you're giving them information but they are also giving you information. as you get older, for example, in our band, we have members in our band like carlos and i taught them when they were in high school and now they teach me. i said man, can you break this rhythm down? carlos was our music director in cuba. he has been instrumental in a lot of my education. i started to develop a saying with them. they teased me all the time. you had the that familiar relationship. i said you have to follow your young leadership too. so i get so much from having an opportunity to interface with them and bring information to them and to represent our culture and our way of life. the feeling and the want and the love is unbelievable. the exchange that goes on between students and teachers or visiting people who are doing master classes. not just musicians. gener
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Mar 11, 2011 12:00am PST
of black america." sharifa rhodes-pitts focuses on black life in harlem. we're glad you have joined us. aaron eckhart and author sharifa rhodes-pitts coming up right now. >> all i know is his name is james, and he needs extra help with his reading. >> i am james. >> yes. >> to everyone making a difference, >> thank you. >> you help us all live better. >> nationwide insurance supports tavis smiley. with every question and every answer. nationwide insurance is proud to join tavis in working to improve financial literacy and remove obstacles to economic empowerment one conversation at a time. nationwide is on your side. >> and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. [captioning made possible by kcet public television] tavis: pleased to welcome aaron eckhart back to this program. his movies include "thank you for smoking," "the dark knight" and "in the company of men." his latest, "battle: los angeles," the film opens everywhere friday. here now a scene from "battle: los angeles." >> oh, just a little doggy. it is just a dog. dog. what's his name, huh? >>
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Mar 2, 2011 12:30am PST
its comes from various countries. from russia, america, china, and there is a large number of bombs made in britain. the purchase stuff is all very old. if a bomb landed on it, it would be a major disaster. what'd the rebels volunteered to drive us a around. nine bombs have been planted here, but no one knew where. everyone was hoping for a no-fly zone by the western powers. >> please. >> for now, there is no protection year against the air force. just a few nervous volunteers. >> with the air force one of the few remaining assets, the no-fly zone is something the international community has been discussing. it is an option that has mixed reaction. the united states is moving its military might in the area closer to libya. >> the threats of an attack from above could be stopped if american air force jets were patrolling lydia's skies. -- lydia's skies pretty hillary clinton told american politicians that libya could end up in democracy or in the chaos of the protracted civil war. >> one of those actions under review is a no-fly zone. there are arguments that favor it. questions that
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Mar 11, 2011 6:00pm PST
, broadcast on pbs in america and around the globe. a mammoth relief mission is swinging and action in northeastern japan after it was struck by a devastating tsunami claiming hundreds of lives. the disaster was triggered by a 8.9 magnitude earthquake, the most powerful since records began in that country. states of emergency have been declared. people living nearby, up to 300 bodies have been found. >> suddenly it strikes. almost in the blank of the night and without warning. it is terrifying. there is a threat more menacing still. the speed of a jet aircraft. the tsunami defenses are among the best in the world. it is not movable, unstoppable, removing everything in its destructive process. it reduces the house in seconds. the quake struck at 2:46 local time in the middle of a normal working day. imagine being in this office when this happens. for a moment, they freeze, immobilized by panic. a frantic scramble for shelter. >> we are going to break out of the report because we are going to go to the meteorological agency. they are giving a news conference. >> we will continue to look
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Mar 12, 2011 12:00am PST
interview the other day -- that's how they look at america -- y'all always have black presidents on tv. yeah, 400 years later. that's how that works. defensive what did you make of the fact that here we are 400 years late we are an african-american president and now all these television roles have opened up where you can play president? >> it's great. i did a film called "deep impact" where morgan freeman played the president -- tavis: it was on cable the other night. >> so many questions were, do you think we will ever see a black president? it's a fantasy. to see that, and it opens up a whole other world for actors to play and we've seen the portrayal but now that it is a reality, it's not a leap at all. tavis: i don't know how much fun the actual president is. how much fun are you having playing one? >> i get all the love. you couldn't pay me enough. tavis: the back story is to the series -- >> well, to the series, it's called "the event." it deals with a couple of hundred people who have been in prison for 66 years. when he comes to be president, he wants to release them. we found
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Mar 18, 2011 12:30am PDT
now, "bbc world news." >> welcome to "bbc news," broadcast to our viewers on pbs and america and around the world. the u.n. security council backs action against colonel gaddafi with a no-fly zone. >> this resolution demands an immediate cease-fire and a complete end to attacks against civilians. >> as libyan forces close in on benghazi, gaddafi says his army will show no mercy. celebration and fireworks in benghazi as news reaches the rebels. in japan, engineers at the foot fishing the dai-ichi power plant lay new power plants that should be keeping the core cool. -- engineers at the fukishima power plant late new power lines to keep the for cool. the u.n. security council has approved a resolution for the creation of a no-fly zone to protect civilians in libya from attacks by colonel gaddafi's forces. the resolution calls for all necessary measures but it rules out the use of foreign ground troops. there were five abstentions including china and russia. french officials have said that military action could begin within hours although britain has cautioned against that suggestio
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Mar 23, 2011 6:30pm PDT
, which was held down by bank of america. b. of a. was the biggest loser of the dow industrials, after acknowledging the federal reserve rejected its plan to increase its stock dividend. that rejection cost b. of a. shareholders over 1.5% today. bank of america was paying out 64 cents per share per quarter before the financial crisis. currently it pays shareholders one penny a quarter. director of research at k.b.w., fred cannon, thinks b. of a. may have been too aggressive in wanting to hike its dividend for the fed's tastes. he doesn't expect much of a hike at all this year. >> we think it may be a penny or two a share. if they have a dividend this year, it's going to be something relatively deminimus-- something like citigroup did, and not at all like what we saw the significant increases we saw at j.p. morgan wells fargo and u.s. bancorp. >> reporter: those three did raise their dividends with the federal reserve's blessing. citi fell two cents. j.p. morgan was up a fraction, holding on to its recent gains since announcing its dividend hike. and u.s. bancorp slipped a penny. again,
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Mar 12, 2011 12:30am PST
news," broadcast on pbs in america. a state of emergency has been announced that two nuclear power plants. thousands of people who live around the complex which is about 150 miles northeast of tokyo, they have been told to leave their homes because of a possible radioactive leak. >> nearly 24 hours after disaster first struck, and other could be brewing on the pacific coast. two nuclear power plants are malfunctioning forcing japan to declare the first ever nuclear emergency. thousands of people in nearby have been ordered to leave and authorities have set up an evacuation zone. in total, five reactors have been damaged. the tsunami and earthquake knocked out their power supply. >> these are like radiators in your car, you have to have radiators to dissipate the heat. if this does not happen, the water stops circulating. if it is a car, your engine seizes. if it is a reactor, it can blow up. >> japanese authorities have taken the step of sending radioactive steam from two reactors into the atmosphere. this risks it contaminating the environment but this is a lesser evil than lettin
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Mar 18, 2011 6:30pm PDT
-- sun-trust up almost 5%. goldman sachs up almost 3%. bank of america shares, though, were up just a fraction. it did not request permission from the fed to raise its dividend. caterpillar continued adding to recent gains. we're looking at a 90-session chart. this week, caterpillar was the best performing dow jones industrial component. the most recent low came a day before the japanese disaster. today caterpillar said global dealer sales were up 59% in the three months ending in february. cigarette maker lorillard popped 11% on seven times its usual volume even though a food and drug administration panel said removing menthol cigarettes from the u.s. market would help public health. the panel did not recommend banning menthols though. about 90% of lorillard's sales are from menthol cigarettes. starbucks is the latest consumer company to raise prices. shares were active even though they moved very little. its hiking grocery store coffee bean prices by 12%, blaming speculators. and just one new stock this week. cornerstone on-demand priced at $13 per share. but since its first trade
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Mar 30, 2011 6:30pm PDT
every us barrel, america impotrs two foreign one.s >> susie: the president wants to see a million electric vehicles cruising our highways within the next five years. those plug-ins could help reduce our reliance on crude oil, but they could also stress the nation's power grid. austin, texas, is one the first u.s. cities to get electric cars, but as diane eastabrook reports, austin is making sure it can keep the lights on while still charging its cars. >> reporter: mike legatt recently traded in a hybrid for an electric plug-in. the austin, texas psychologist is excited about his new chevy volt, but he also knows the new technology could put pressure on the power grid. >> i hope that one of the things that will happen as part of the electrification of fleet vehicles and general driving... is that as we move into that world, people are going to become more aware of the electricity around them in keeping the grid up and reliable. >> reporter: experts say the first adopters of electric vehicles are very likely to have similar socioeconomic backgrounds, and they may even live in the sa
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Feb 28, 2011 6:30pm PST
south america. buyer barbara ergo shows me one of many bills she recently got. >> the freight bill for the product for 122 pieces cost $424.40. the fuel surcharge that's on it is $110.34. >> reporter: wow. that's a lot. >> it's huge. it's 26%. >> reporter: just as business was starting to pick up speed for companies like phillip's, pump prices-- climbing toward $4 a gallon-- threaten to put the brakes on it. big shippers like airlines and trucking companies are getting around higher fuel prices by passing them partly onto customers. that's dealing a double whammy to smaller companies like phillp's. it's not only paying higher shipping costs, but spending a lot more to gas up its own delivery trucks. chairman and c.i.o. jim phillip doesn't think business is brisk enough to hike prices to his customers, so he's cutting costs where he can. >> we do work very hard to manage our delivery costs, so we use technology like cell phones, g.p.s., computerized address checking to try to keep our other costs under control so we don't have to pass them along. >> reporter: mesirow financial economist
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Mar 30, 2011 12:30am PDT
is absolutely in the terms of the nuclear security council resolution, britain, france, america, we have no selfish interests. this is not about libyan oil. we want to stop this decatur murdering his people at the invitation of the arab league. this is not iraq or what has happened in the past. this is a about a much more multilateral and fair future where the arab states are asking us to do with them what we are currently engaged in. >> there is a clear vision that you want to see. >> here in london, the council is polishing their plan for a democratic libya. >> is there any guarantee that libya will not disintegrate like afghanistan or eventually iraq. what i see in the interim transitional matter is an organizational matter that wants to only be there. it wants to transition to a democratic libya. none of us want to see libya divided. >> a reminder of the headlines this hour, president obama has said the libyan leader is greatly weakened and will ultimately step down. he did not rule out providing military help to the libyan rebels. the level of radioactive iodine in the fukushim
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Mar 1, 2011 12:30am PST
this disaster. >> a milestone was reached this weekend. america's last surviving world war one veteran died on sunday at the age of 110. he enlisted in the army in 1917 at 16 and campaigned for greater recognition of his fellow soldiers. he died of natural causes on sunday at his home in west virginia. hollywood film actress jane russell has died in california at the age of 89. the brunet bombshell became a sex symbol in the 1940's and was one of the most popular stars at the box office. at 90, jane russell met director -- 19, jane russell met director howard hughes, who launched her career. >> you mustn't. you hurt yourself. >> the phrase "mean, moody, and magnificent," was coined for jane russell, in a film which shocked the sensors and to ban it for two years. she was the protege of howard hughes, the aviator and film producer. he used his special knowledge of engineering to design a special brought for the 19 year- old. >> it was a contraption, and it was not comfortable or rubble of the time. i did not want to do 103 takes on that subject, so i just wore my own drop. i cou
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Mar 3, 2011 6:00pm PST
migrant workers have now fled libya. >> welcome to our viewers in america and around the globe. the turmoil in libya continues. they have launched fresh attacks in the east of the country. at a the hague, the prosecutor for the international criminal court has confirmed he will investigate muammar gaddafi and his inner circle for crimes against humanity. president obama again demanded that the embattled libyan leaders step down. >> the violence must stop. muammar gaddafi has lost legitimacy to lead, and he must leave. those who perpetrate violence against the libyan people will be held accountable. the aspirations of the libyan people our freedom, democracy and dignity. and they must be met. >> we will have more from washington shortly. paris, we have this report from -- first, we have this report on the counterattack. >> after yesterday's, rebel volunteers were in a high state of nervousness. after an air raid on the town by planes from colonel gaddafi's air force, the nervousness increased. one person let off a grenade. for the most part, these are not trained soldiers. discipline
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Mar 30, 2011 12:00am PDT
abilities. that is one of the things that drives me. i believe in america. the bottom line is americans are competitive by nature. we want to beat the pants off of china. i have to believe that at some point, if we continue to talk about education and continue to bring these issues to light, the american public is going to wake up and say we want to be number one in the world. we want to have the best education system for our kids. this is the ideal this country was founded on, the idea that every kid, regardless of their race, socioeconomic status, and zip code can live the american dream if they work hard and do the right thing. that is not the reality we have today, but i believe it is possible because i believe it is who we are as americans. tavis: i appreciate your time tonight. >> for more information on today's show, visit tavis smiley at pbs.org tavis: join me next time for more on the debate over u.s. intervention in libya. that is next time. we will see you then. >> all i know is his name is james, and he needs extra help with his reading. >> i am james. >> yes. >> t
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Mar 22, 2011 6:00pm PDT
. >> nice to be with you. >> looking at america's role that it is playing at the moment in the conflict in libya, do you think that they were right to intervene as they have done to date given the fact that there is no clear end game and no clear delivery strategy for example? >> well i think there should have been an end game and delivery strategy before they did but given the fact that the u.k. and france were urging us to do that, the fact that the arab league joined in legitimate myselfing the operation and the u.n. mandate said you can use all necessary means to protect civilians gave us a good start. i hope we go on to do the other things about where does it end. >> looking at it today would suggest the obama administration move away from their lead in this >> we are trying to show the united states will not solve all of the world's problems by itself and the others showing people in the arab and muslim world it is not just the united states that is trying to be concerned about them but it is the international community. >> what will happen if for example gadhafi manages to surviv
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Mar 15, 2011 6:00pm PDT
don't even live closely to the power plant. >> there has been stories that people in america are starting to get worried is -- will it hit us? there should not be any concern at all on this side of the pacific. the radiation coming out will be dissipated in the long by the time they ever reach america. the levels are not -- there is some misunderstanding about radiation. there is a constant -- and idea that this is a death ray or you will get cancer. radiation is a very mild carcinogen. within the levels people would be experiencing now, there is not a serious health concern. it is only the people who are very close to the scene who are being affected. it will probably stay that way unless there is some other unforeseen disaster. >> unfortunately we have to me that there but thank you for your insight. four people along the japanese coast the nuclear threat adds to the challenges they face. in one city survivors not only having to cope with the aftershocks, they also fear exposure to radiation. >> amidst the devastation and destruction there is a new concern. it is carried with t
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Mar 8, 2011 6:00pm PST
now, "bbc world news." >> forces step up their attacks against the rebels in libya. america insists any decision to impose a no-fly zone should be made by the united nations. the bombardment continues as more air attacks. ivory coast hundreds of thousands flee the fighting over last year's disputed elections. welcome to bbc news. accused of trading on a legal tip-off, now the biggest insider trading trial in u.s. history. police investigate an organized crime syndicate that operated around the world. hello there as forces step up offenses against rebel areas, president obama's top national security advisors meet to outline what steps are realistic. washington as underscored any authorization of a no-fly zone must come from a united nation security council. >> colnel kadafi presented a front since the rebellion in his country began and more evidence of the fighting that split libya. these pictures show the situation a few days ago. government troops showing off flashes of what they claim is rebel held a&m mission. rebel forces say the situation in the city is very critical with fierc
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Mar 14, 2011 6:30pm PDT
the global recovery. business cycle expert lakshman achuthan says that's because america's economic rebound remains on course. >> the u.s. economy is at a stage in the business cycle where it is actually accelerating to the upside. events in japan will not derail that acceleration, and therefore with the u.s. economy demanding more the rest of the world will be lifted by that. >> reporter: in 2010 japan's total output of goods and service ran at $5.7 trillion. a hefty number by world standards, but still only a third of u.s. g.d.p. for other experts, it's simply too early to say how much of an impact friday's disaster will have on economies around the world. the devastation struck the northeast region of japan, which by some estimates accounts for 7% to 8% of the nation's g.d.p. experts say it's likely to take years to rebuild that area. what worries economist bob brusca is what we don't yet know about what comes out of the area's plants or factories. >> the question is beyond that whether there is anything made in this region that is specific or unique to industries that the world
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Mar 10, 2011 12:00am PST
long while. tavis: america was a corp. before it was a country. >> when i see the focus on not being on a revolution of the economy, a change of the economic system, not to me it is the same old same old. this was so poignant. i was in chicago and i had the opportunity to be with his staff whether it is playing basketball before he became the president- elect. i could not shake his hand. i did not want to go to the park to hear the speech. i was sitting there and i watched the speech on television. i could agree with the setting of the justice and equality even if they own slaves. when he said, we need to get out of iraq, i was done. from that moment, i was done. i respect him and i love him as a brother but there are some serious issues. tavis: how do your fans handle this? your fan base is young and energized. i've not seen any research on the lupe fiasco fan club beside myself. a good number of the people who are fans of yours for those out there campaigning for obama. they were campaigning for the first time in their lives. there were powerful truth about the administration
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Mar 31, 2011 12:00am PDT
. [captioning made possible by kcet public television] >> for generations the united states of america has played a unique role as an anchor of global security and as an advocate for human freedom. mindful of the risks and costs of military action, we are naturally reluctant to use force to solve the world's many challenges. but when our interests and values are at stake, we have a responsibility to act. that's what happened in libya over the course of these last six weeks. tavis: president obama of course monday night addressing the nation on u.s. m.s.g. action in libya. for more tonight i'm joined by congressman ron paul, the texas republican is a member of the house foreign affairs committee. he joins us tonight from the capital. congressman g. to have you back on this program. thank you for your time, sir. >> thank you, thank you. >> the president said we had to act in libya. is he right? >> i think he's wrong. what are our interests and what are our values? our values are defending the constitution. our interests are not served by starting wars. this is a preventive war. this is going
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Mar 5, 2011 12:00am PST
. tonight, a candid conversation about the plight of america's aging boomers with best-selling author and journalist susan jacoby. hurt -- the book is called "never say die: the myth and marketing of the new old age." we are glad you have joined us. our conversation with susan jacoby, coming up. >> all i know is his name is james, and he needs extra help with his reading. >> i am james. >> yes. >> to everyone making a difference -- >> thank you. >> you help us all live better. >> nationwide insurance supports tavis smiley. with every question and every answer, nationwide insurance is proud to join tavis in working to improve financial literacy and remove obstacles to economic empowerment, one conversation at a time. >> nationwide is on your side >> and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. [captioning made possible by kcet public television] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- tavis: susan jacoby is a best- selling author. her latest is "never say die: the myth and marketing of the new old age." susan jacoby, a bit too hea
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Mar 8, 2011 12:00am PST
america to accept black americans as basketball players. tavis: how funny is it to you to think at one point the nba was all white? people cannot even imagine that these days. >> it is hard to conceive now especially looking back in recent history. let's go back when the lakers for started. we show a picture of them. it was an all white team. tavis: hard to imagine. i'm glad they changed that. "on the shoulders of giants" brought to us by kareem abdul- jabbar. he made a whole new life for us as an historian. good to have you on. great work. you can watch it on video on demand for the next few months and on dvd. congratulations again. that is our show for tonight. until then, good night. thanks for watching. as always, keep the faith. >> for more information on today's show, visit tavis smiley at pbs.org tavis: award winning author, mark richard. that is next time. we will see you then. >> all i know is his name is james, and he needs extra help with his reading. >> i am james. >> yes. >> to everyone making a difference, you help us all live better. >> nationwide insurance proudly s
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Mar 23, 2011 6:00pm PDT
international community. the people came out to give collective thanks to britain, france, and america. the east is reveling in the warm glow of liberation. they know that many others are still battling under siege. this is where the -- what the rebels and civilians are facing. they seem to show his forces attacking from the desert. controlling the sky is not enough. they will need coalitions to bomb the site. the rebels are a poor match for government forces. if the composition can retake it, they will control the east. dozens of government troops have been detained by the rebels. they're being held in a prison in benghazi. some have been paraded in front of the cameras, and courage to say they will be well treated and they were forced to fight for colonel gaddafi. we met some wounded soldiers who say they were doing their duty. this man was shot six times. he is ready to face whatever judgment he is given even if that means death. we protect his identity. he did myths civilians have been killed. he says something strange has come to libya and forced both sides to reach a peaceful resolution. t
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Mar 16, 2011 6:00pm PDT
said, than america's most serious nuclear accident. >> the japan incident actually appears to be more serious than three mile island. to what extent, we don't know now. they're unfolding very rapidly on an hour by hour, day by day basis and there are conflicting reports. we don't really know in detail what is happening. in 1979 there was a partial meltdown at three mile island in pennsylvania. some radioactivity was released, but it involved just one reactor, not four as in japan. details are really sketchy, but the range of options for tackling the crisis is shrinking. the key task is pumping in water to cool the reactors including the number three reactor where a cloud emerged this morning. the aim is to keep water flowing through to reduce temperatures but this creates steam and too much of it could now another option is to deploy more workers. that's hazardous. reactor three is giving off so much radiation, people can't get close. reactor four, the tank holding rods is holding -- leaking water and if it runs dry, there would be a leak. one plan is to drop water by helicopter but t
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Mar 3, 2011 12:00am PST
, and the korean war combined. this war has cost more than $100 billion per year, and some of america's brightest military minds about the war is even winnable. tonight, a conversation of what has become the longest war in u.s. history with former assistant secretary of defense and vietnam veteran bing west. in his book, he offers a speeding critique and says the u.s. military should not be in the business of nation-building. his new book is called "the wrong war." our conversation with bing west coming up right now. >> all i know is his name is james, and he needs extra help with his reading. >> i'm james. >> yes. >> to everyone making a difference, you help us all live better. >> nationwide insurance supports tavis smiley. with every question and answer, nationwide insurance is happy to help tavis improve financial literacy and remove obstacles to economic empowerment one conversation at a time. nationwide is on your side. >> and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. [captioning made possible by kcet public television] tavis: as i mentioned at the top,
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Mar 29, 2011 6:30pm PDT
plant, tokyo electric on america's nuclear power growth until new safety guidelines are put in place. in japan, meantime, lucy craft reports the owner of the fukushima power plant may soon be under management, the japanese government. >> reporter: reports here say the government may temporarily nationalize tepco, which is confronting tens of billions of dollars in compensation to residents, fishermen and farmers who have been dislocated by the radiation disaster. a government takeover would ensure the company could meet those obligations, analysts say. the complex operation to stabilize fukushima's six damaged and leaking reactors could drag on for weeks. this weekend, trace plutonium turned up on the site, raising more alarm. tepco is the region's largest utility, and provides power to a third of japan's population, but with most of its nuclear power and other energy plants sidelined by the earthquake, tokyo is confronting huge power shortages, especially this summer. the nationalization rumors-- discounted by japanese officials-- sent tepco shares to their lowest level in almost 50
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Mar 23, 2011 12:00am PDT
louis comfort tiffany really took it to its high point in america in the 1900s. anyway let's have a look at the piece itself, because what makes it special is it's in a nice frame. and the frame itself is german pewter, austrian pewter. and it's very organic, because this is very much an art nouveau shape. it's very much art nouveau in period. the glass itself is actually a very deep cobalt blue. the technique here is referred to as papillon glass, or butterfly glass. in other words, it has the effect almost of an iridescent butterfly wing. anyway, people collect them. lots of people love iridescent glass. and lurz and tiffany, the top of the tree. well, i don't know what your son's father-in-law paid for the house, but you can tell him that the vase that was left behind is worth a princely sum of around about £800. he'll be pleased to hear that. - yeah. - he will indeed.
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